The Black Blogger Writes
154 years ago today as my ancestors enslaved and some free fought to gain a measure of human dignity and freedom. President Lincoln gave his most famous oratory. The emancipation speech should have actually had a few changes to make it more historically accurate. Maybe had those changes been made we still wouldn’t be fighting this race battle in 2017 as this nation was battling this race issue on a bloody field in 1863. God seemingly hasn’t redeemed this nation for its past sins.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in partial Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all white property-owning men are created equal. That all other non-property owning white people although not equal to the upper class of whites are at least superior to any black person.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, with haves of this great nation manipulating the have-nots to battle each other over which strategy of white supremacy will be victorious. The test is simply whether this nation or any nation so inhumanely conceived, and so viciously dedicated to oppression, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives not fully understanding either the consequences of the sacrifice nor the reason for the sacrifice of their lives so that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this but we must be fully honest to those who paid the ultimate price of life to shed blood for a lost cause.
This nation could never wipe away the stain of the tragedy of enslavement without this and other deadly battles. We, however as citizens must realize that we also cannot put our boots over the throats of an entire race of people and expect the Almighty God not to exact a price for those evil acts. The price this nation paid will be laid on the hills and valleys, towns and cities of this nation for eternity. Either we accept each man white or black property owning or not as equals this will be an endless battle fought over the ages of time.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men truly ignorant of the reality of the battle, living and dead, who struggled here both northern and southern, most of whom were duped by the upper class, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, yet if this nation is to ever live in harmony with itself it can never forget what awful price these men paid did here for a cause not fitting the bravery.
It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that a true government of all the people, by all the people, for the all people, shall be truly created in this nation. That government for the few, by the few, and meant to benefit only the few will indeed perish from the earth.
It is that address that I remember today. That we as a nation will continue to fight for the lifetime of our children’s children’s children the sins of inequality and injustice. Unless we comprehend that this nation accepts the fact that we must honor and pay for the sins we are responsible for. Should we have learned from our forefathers that their inhumane mistake would eventually cause this tragic split that led to this enormous sacrifice of life? We are a people of the people a nation that has virtually ignored to right the wrongs of the most unjust system of slavery. The time has come for the price to be paid. When this manmade battle is won we must make full amends to the race of people we oppressed, otherwise we will all face the wrath of an unforgiving God who stands as the ultimate judge, jury, and prosecutor for all of mankind.
We still fight and most continue to fight until we don't see the color of a man's skin nor the worth of his pocketbook but only the content of every of man's character. Then and only then will this nation live out the true meaning of democracy.
God Bless This New America